Two songs that have made my summer

You know how songs call back memories?  I love that (I mean, usually. Sometimes the memories are bad and I don’t want to see them again.)

For this summer, I think I already have my song(s). The first is “Magic” by Coldplay. I don’t know how old it really is, but it was the background music in a video about the St. Louis Renaissance Fair this year. It’s dreamy, soft and other-worldly, just like my memories of the summer and the fair.

Or, the song would be “Moyturra” by Pictus, and Irish drum and bagpipe group, kind of local. My renaissance guild leader knew about them and recruited them to play during our Celtic weekend at the Faire. They used our camp as a home base, and even performed played one of their shows under one of our covered areas when the rain was too bad. Now, whenever I hear this song, I am standing by the tree behind the crowd next to my friend Jason, and we’re both standing in the drizzle, watching this band play their hearts out, watching our glen fill with people. It was gorgeous.  Go to their website and check them out!

What would your song be?

Art/Paint question

Hello friends

I have a paint question for you.  There is a sign painted on plywood that my guild used during the Ren Fair that had our name and a cute picture on it.  We’ve decided to paint over it, and I have volunteered to do that.  My question is this:

What is a good paint to use on plywood that is outside?


Nothing that will run or wash away, and something that takes to wood.  I will be posting pictures as I work on this project: Thank you for your help!

I Sang at my Renaissance Faire

But it was not what I thought it would be, alas.

As part of my 2014 36/36 challenge, I had given myself the task of singing at the faire, either by myself or with a tenor who works the lanes playing a bard. We even talked about the tune we would sing together.

This was part of my 36/36 challenge, but it was not quite what I thought it would be. 🙂

I pictured myself singing a little ditty, or standing with Alex, our Bard, in a lane to sing something else.  Instead, I sang “I’m a Little Teapot” for my guild.

I had left my mug behind one Saturday night and our guild leader had snagged it for safekeeping.  The penance, or cost for it, however, was singing something silly. If I had been someone else, he said, it would have been worse.

So I accomplished this goal, just not in a way that I thought I would.


Until Next Time

Time slows

In the dewy-promised morning of a welcome unfolding, my limbs and words reach out to those long unseen.

In a hot afternoon of mid-day revelry, hearing delighted cheers from the joust over the hill, playing tag with the sunlight to not burn my skin,

In the smell of the blacksmith’s fire as it stings the back of my throat and the soft fragrance of honey from the slowly melted wax,

Time slows.

Around the soft wool plaid-covered dining table and softly falling ash from the open fire, eating freshly simmered stew off  oversize wooden spoons, next to elders and the younger, all helping cast off, understand, and slow down the mundane dragging of life,

Reclining in swirling pipe smoke, calling out insults and verbal barbs with kinsmen, wrapping my tongue around thick pronunciation and enjoying their faces as they consider a comeback, reveling in their creativity,

Oh, how time slows.

Watching nature wake up, a rain of inchworms becoming a cloud of butterflies, verdant leaves, flowers, and a wee hidden sheep cushioning the visual space.

Air thickens with humidity until the tantalizing promise of rain finally blows through the glen, where nothing can thwart the pulse of life and joy that moves through.

A final exhausted circle of dusty day-worn bodies teasing, jovial and affectionate. Hands passing flasks and bottles around, each one carefully and considerately conserving a sip to share and make room for the next,

Time slows.

Alas, it does not stop, and so, until next time…

*Inspired by Day 1, Writing 101

Happy and Sassy Lamby

In my guild at the Ren Fair, we’re going to make t-shirts and stuff for this year’s cast.  This past week, we were presented with the opportunity to come up with a new slogan which would require a new image. (Our guild chief got conked in the back of a head during the keg toss – and he was a good 20 feet away.) We were talking about other slogans, kind of playing on that incident (which could have been horrible but wasn’t,) and I drew a few sketches of a sheep in a kilt to work with it.

I don’t know if they will be used and I’m trying to surrender any expectations I have to that end, but it felt nice to do.  I’ve never tried to draw anything for anything other than my own enjoyment before. (Perhaps for good reason.. 🙂

I even gave them both names.

happy lamby                                    sassy lamby


PICTURES: St. Louis Renaissance Faire 2014

Here are pictures from my Renaissance Faire, just this last Saturday. It was the Scots weekend, so we were super busy. It was so fun, though! Unfortunately, I’m not in any of the photos, though several of my friends are. 🙂

Travel back in time to the spirit of Renaissance France. Experience jousting knights, roam the village shops for unique crafts and goods, delight in comedy, music and feast on delicious food and drink while strolling minstrels entertain. The event runs Saturdays, Sundays (and Memorial Day) through June 8th, rain or shine. For more information visit

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